A Definitive Ranking of Ear Piercings, From Least to Most Painful

Thinking of getting an ear piercing?

Whether it's your first one or your tenth, you can never fully prepare yourself for the pain each one brings. But you can decide which one is best for you, based on your pain tolerance.

Not sure which piercing that is? Scroll below for our ranking of ear piercings (from least to most painful) to discover the one for you.

8. Lobe Piercing

The lobe is the fleshy, bottom part of your ear. Because of its placement, this piercing tends to be pretty low on the pain meter. You may feel a little sting, but that's about it. The healing time for this piercing is also one of the quickest, lasting about six weeks. Once it's fully healed, you can change your earrings as often as you like. The possibilities are endless.

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7. Daith Piercing

An increasingly popular piercing, the daith may look pretty painful, but it's really not that bad. It goes through the inner most cartilage of the ear, so you'll feel a bit of pain, but it's nothing totally intolerable. It does take a while to heal, lasting anywhere from three to six months, depending on how well you take care of it.

6. Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is on the upper rim of the ear and is often referred to as the cartilage piercing. Because it does pierce cartilage, it does hurt a bit, but not as much compared to other cartilage piercings. You'll feel some pain in the moment, but it'll go away pretty quickly. This, too, has a long healing time, clocking in at typically three months.

5. Tragus Piercing

That tiny piece of cartilage on the outside of your ear canal, that's where the tragus piercing goes. Because it's a thicker piece of cartilage, you'll feel slightly uncomfortable during and after the piercing, but it won't be for too long. As far as healing time goes, this bad boy can take up to eight months. It's definitely something to take into consideration if you're thinking about getting this piercing.

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4. Rook Piercing

Located on the folded part of the upper inside of your ear, this piercing is on the more painful side. You'll likely feel a lot of pressure while getting it done. We can't forget to mention this dangly piercing takes about 10 months to completely heal. Are you willing to give it the care and attention it needs during that time?

3. Snug Piercing

The snug piercing is located in the middle of the outer rim of the ear, piercing both the inner and outer parts of the ear. Because it goes through a thicker area of cartilage, you'll feel a sharp, intense pressure getting it done. You'll want to avoid sleeping on it during the six-month healing process, too.

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2. Conch Piercing

The conch piercing goes straight through the inner shell of your ear, which is another thick piece of cartilage. While you'll experience a bit of pressure and pain during the process, it'll go away relatively quickly after it's done. Once again, this piercing has a lengthy healing process, lasting anywhere from three to nine months.

1. Industrial Piercing

The industrial piercing is by far the most painful of the various ear piercings. This is because it's not just one, but two piercings in two different parts of sensitive cartilage. If you don't handle pain well, this is not the piercing for you. Healing time for this guy is about nine months, depending on how well you take care of it.

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Still not sure which one is right for you? Head over HERE to discover which ear piercing you should get, based on your zodiac sign.